The whole of the NHS is currently responding to a global shortage of several types of blood bottles used to collect blood samples prior to laboratory testing.
NHS England has issued national guidance to healthcare organisations with a set of recommend actions to take during these shortages. As a result, we are taking action to reduce the number of non-urgent blood tests we do. This may include postponing some blood tests and exploring alternative testing methods.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one where their clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so.
This approach is also being taken by GPs across Milton Keynes.
We will continue to monitor the issue and national guidance closely.